A New Tradition of Introducing Judi’s Premier Numbers!
Although Vaillancourt chalkware is often thought about during the holiday months, it’s during the spring that collectors are able to get the coveted “premier numbers.” Vaillancourt Folk Art assigns a number, in the order in which they are painted, for each piece painted in their Sutton studios. These premier numbers are held from wholesale distribution are being made available, along with the opportunity to have them signed and personalized by Judi Vaillancourt, during Premier Number Weekend.
Traditionally, Premier Number Weekend has been held in March. Starting this year, the event will be moved to April. The Friday Evening Opening Party will be Friday, April 23rd (5pm – 8pm). Collectors are able to pre-order the 2021 chalkware line now with the option to have premier numbers shipped on Monday, April 26th. Online and phone pre-orders will begin with #6 (or the lowest number available after the Friday Evening Opening Party) and be shipped in the order in which the order was paid. The coveted #1 through #5 will be available exclusively to in-store collectors starting Friday, April 23rd. Just like our introduction of Starlight last year, we will be pre-numbering all of this year’s Premier Numbers.
Although we’re “changing tradition” it is our hopes we are able to better plan our production to ensure we can hand paint enough of our Chalkware pieces to ensure everyone looking for one will have one.
Premier Number Rules:
Attendees are allowed to come at any point before Friday’s 5pm event opening to be eligible for a Premier Number. They must sign their name to the sign-up form and must remain on-site to keep their place. Starting at 5pm on Friday, each signed-up attendee (in order in which they signed-up) is allowed their choice of two Premier Number designs (#1 – 5) and unlimited designs #6 and above. Once everyone on the sign-up form has had their turn, all Premier Numbers are made available to those in attendance until 8pm. Online and phone orders will be fulfilled, starting Saturday morning, in the order in which they were placed and paid for—starting with the next available premier number.